A Look Back at Atlantic City’s 2013
2013 was another year of falling profits for most Atlantic City casinos. But, was it a good year for the city and for the area?
As 2013 comes to a close, officials continue to lament the loss of gaming revenue. With the new year, the Atlantic City Club Casino will be shutting down, putting hundreds of workers out on the streets.
Will online gaming in Atlantic City be the kick in the pants the casinos need, or will it bring further gloom and doom for the brick-and-mortar casinos.
2013 was a year that saw some promise. Margaritaville opened at Resorts in Atlantic City. It’s opening was ushered in with a “surprise” free beach concert from it’s proprietor, Jimmy Buffett.
2013 also saw the return of the Miss America Pageant to Atlantic City, complete with a revamped boardwalk parade.
Politically, a changing of the guard in the mayor’s office as Don Guardian was voted in – or was it more a case of Lorenzo Langford was voted out of office?
Country-music wise, a good 2013, with shows by Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, and more, will be followed up with a promising 2014. Concerts scheduled for the new year by Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean for Boardwalk Hall both sold out quickly.
2013 saw a very successful rejuvenated Atlantic City Seafood Festival, and a brand new event – the Atlantic City BBQ Championships.
The Atlantic City Airshow proved quite popular again, although the scheduling of that event may still need some tinkering. The same might be said for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo.